Up Coming Events
Lakota Games on Ice

Join us on January 19th for the 7th annual Lakota Games on Ice.  Mike Marshall, from Rosebud, will once again show us how to play the winter games of his ancestors.  This really is the most fun you'll have all winter!  This is a FREE event for your entire family.  We do ask that if you enjoyed yourself, please leave a donation (remember, we are a non-profit organization).  Hot chocolate is always served after the games end.  Free tours of the museum, too!

2019 Annual Meeting of the Membership

Join us on March 6th at 6:00pm for our Annual Meeting of the Membership.  At this annual event, you will learn what we've accomplished in 2018 and what we hope for 2019.  Members will vote to elect a new board member.  You will meet our Board of Directors and Executive Director in the Betty Buche Boehnen Roby Technology Center inside our Boehnen Memorial Museum.  Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Social from 5:30 to 6:00, meeting begins promptly at 6:00.


Those lazy, crazy days of summer have arrived!  That means extended hours for the Village!  We now open at 8:00AM and close at 7:00PM , Monday - Saturday, and 10:00AM - 6:00PM Sundays.  Join our outstanding staff as they guide you through the Village and Archeodome to learn the mysteries of the past.  Audrey's Garden and the new Sculpture Garden are abloom with spring flowers!  This year's guides are Dennis, Joseph, and Thomas.  The Shoppe Antiquary and admissions desk have Kristina and Jordan to welcome you and help you with any purchase.  Our archaeology interns are Olivia and Jenna.   Our spokesdog, Cricket, is here weekdays to welcome any friendly dog that brings its human for a visit!  And, as always, Lynette and Cindy are making sure everything runs smoothly for your excellent adventure!



The weather is perfect to come visit the Prehistoric Indian Village!  May hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays 10:00am - 6:00pm.  Bring the kids so they can dig for their free arrowhead! Admissions are the same as always: $6/adults, $5/senior citizens, and $4 students.  If you are bring a group of 10 or more, our group rate of $4/adults and $2/students will apply.  Our staff is here to give tours as always!
Just to remind you, we are a Blue Star Museum!  Active Duty military personnel and up to 5 family members are admitted for free.

2018 Annual Meeting

BY POPULAR DEMAND WE ARE STAYING OPEN IN NOVEMBER!!!!  And here's the best part - no entry fees!  That means you and all your besties can come and visit for free!  We only ask that if you like what you see and had a good experience, please leave us a donation (it helps to keep our lights on!).  We will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays only from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Eric and Lynette will be here to gyuide you through the museum and Archeodome.  This is really the best time to visit us.  There are no crowds, you can take all the time you need to see all the exhibits and dig site.  Our end of season sale in the Shoppe Antiquary will continue just for you!  While you are in the Shoppe Antiquary, ask about our new White Buffalo Turquoise jewelry - it's the real thing!  White Buffalo Turquoise is not a true turquoise, it is a variety of quartz that has been given the moniker of buffalo turquoise.  There are many fake pieces that are sold to unsuspecting buyers, but, you can be assured that we have the real White Buffalo jewelry.  There's nothing like it!


The weather is changing, giving us all the signs that autumn is here and winter can't be far behind.  For us, that means quieter days.  For visitors, that means more in-depth and personal tours of the dig site and musuem.  And, discounts in the Shoppe Antiquary as we countdown the days to the end of our season, October 31st.  Our hours have changed, too.  September hours are Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm.  Sundays from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  October hours are the same, except that we are closed on Sundays.  Our season ends October 31st.  The Village will be closed from November 1st to the 19th.  We will open for the winter with limited hours beginning November 20th.  Please call ahead (605-996-5473) for tours and hours.


September will be an exciting month for us!  We have two special events planned for everyone to enjoy.  Our first event, on September 2nd beginning at 10:30am, is a Native American Handicraft Class with Sicangu Rosebud Mike Marshall.  Attendees will make a parfleche bag using authentic materials.  Parfeleche bags were often used to carry pemmican and other forms of food.  Today one can find many uses for these ancient bags.  Tickets can be purchased online, click on Event Tickets in the Shoppe Antiquary link above, or call us at 605-996-5473.  You can also come to the Village for tickets.  Tickets are $20 each (online or at the Village) and include all materials to make your own parfleche bag.  This event is for all ages.

Our second September event is Ojibwe Imagination: The Art of Kenneth Lynch. Ojibwe artist Kenneth Lynch will be at the Village on September 15th beginning at 9:30am, to present new art, sign prints (must be purchased at the Shoppe Antiquary) and discuss Ojibwe cultural themes and how he creates his unique pen and ink paintings. Kenneth speaks his Native language, is an accomplished artist, and golfs in tournaments throughout the Northern Plains. His art is available at the Village's Shoppe Antiquary and has been sold to folks from all over the country. Stop by and meet this entertaining artist and get to know his work.  This event is free to the public.


We are open for the season!  We will be welcoming back back Lynette, Eric, Dennis, and Zeke from their winter vacations.   Joining us for the summer will also be Grace & Jonah.  Our summer Archaeology Interns are Tressa and Noah. Gary returns to make sure that our grounds are beautiful and John will be taking care of the gardens.  And Cindy, our Director, is here as always!  So come and say hello to our crew!


Students from the University of Exeter and Augustana University will be joining us for the annual Summer Archaeology Field School beginning June 13th.  Visitors can watch as the excavation of this 1,000 year old Native American village continues.  The dig ends July 12th, so be sure to plan your visit to our site!  The annual dig is an exciting time for all of us - we never know what secrets lie beneath the soil...  The photo above is of a bison skeleton uncovered during the dig last year.  This was a most unusual find at our site.


Make sure to join us on July 1st and 2nd for our biggest event of the year.  Archaeology Awareness Days will showcase archaeology, primitive technology and Native American culture.  Join the archaeologists as they showcase some of the fascinating finds from our site and other Northern Plains sites.  Primitive technologists will show you how projectile points are made using the technique called Flint Knapping and how the people who lived in our Village 1,000 years ago made pottery - you can even make your own primitive pottery!  Native American cultural presenters include story tellers, ancient games demonstrations and artists.  Regular admission prices of $4 to $6 apply, plenty of automobile and RV parking available.  We are dog friendly (as long as your dog is friendly!).  Archaeologists will be continuing the excavation of our site during this event and kids can dig for free arrowheads!

April 1st!!

We will begin our regular spring hours on April 1st!  Our doors will open at 9:00 and close at 6:00 Monday through Saturday.  We will be closed on Sundays until May.  The new exhibit in the Archeodome looks great!  The gift shop will be brimming with Native American fine art, jewelry, pottery and more!  Can't wait to see you all!

Lakota Games on Ice!!

Our biggest winter event,Lakota Games on Ice, will be held on Janaury 28th, 2017.  For a sneak peak at the events pick up a copy of the January/February issue of South Dakota Magazine at your favorite newsstand.  There is a terrific article about the Lakota Games in this issue!


Because of popular demand, we will be keeping winter hours beginning November 1!  We will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Thursdays and Saturdays by appointment, please.  Closed on Sundays.  If the weather is bad and we cannot get out of our driveways or navigate Indian Village Road safely, we will be closed, so it's best to call ahead (605-996-5473) to see if we are open.

Documenting The Weapons Used at the Little Big Horn

Join us and welcome author and historian Wendell Grangaard on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm as he offers keen insight into the weapons used at the Battle of the Little Big Horn (or Greasy Grass) as discussed in his new book, Documenting the Weapons Used at the Little Bighorn.  With much of the narrative of the book coming from the descendents of the Native Americans who participated in the battle, this discussion will be sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in history, especially Native American and military history.  Mr. Grangaard will bring several artifacts from the battle, among them the rifle used by Crazy Horse.  This is a free event, donations will be greatly appreaciated. 

Audrey's Garden Highlights

Audrey's Garden is abloom in fall colors!  Blanket flowers, Red False Mallow, wild roses, black-eyed Susans, Ironweed and mint are all in bloom.  Visitors to the Garden include goldfinches, house wrens, cardinals, chipping sparrows, bumblebees, sulphor and cloud butterflies, and Monarchs!  On cool days we keep the office windows open to listen to the chorus sung by our visitors.  It's our favorite time of year!

Autumn at the Village

As we slide into autumn our hours change.  We will be open from 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday, and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sundays during the month of September.  Our hours remain the same, except that we are closed on Sundays in October.  We will remain open in November, our hours are yet to be determined.  We are going to try and stay open this winter, if we can get to work, you can certainly get to the Village, right?  Our gift shop will remain open all winter, we will be updating the Shoppe Antiquary page so you can make your Christmas purchases online!


The Summer Archaeology Field School Team has left for the summer but there are still lots of things to do.  Hannah, our archaeologist intern, is giving tours of the dig site and her knowledge and enthusiasm are amazing!  Children love the Kids Dig, it's our most popular acitivity.  They love finding the arrowheads, but imagine the sheer joy when they uncover a large bison bone!  Danika, Zeke and Joseph are giving atlatl lessons while Eric, Dennis and Lynette are giving awesome tours of the museum.  Our volunteers are making sure that our living exhibit, Audrey's Garden, is well tended.  In fact, right now it is in full bloom.  The signs are in place, identifying the plants and their uses. Come on to the Village and spend some time with us!  We promise you will have a great time!One more thing - please don't leave your four legged family members in your vehicles.  We are pet friendly!  And a walk on our lake trail might be just what they need after the long drive.


They're at it again!  Students and professors from the University of Exeter and Augustana College are here continuing the excavation of our 1,000 year-old village!  Spend some time with us and watch as they uncover the mysteries of the past.  The dig ends July 16th.


We have opened for the season!!  Come and see the newly remodeled and renovated Boehnen Memorial Museum and the new exhibits within the museum!  Our living exhibit, Audrey's Garden, is beginning to show signs of life after our long, cold winter.  And, the Thomsen Center Archeodome is ready for our Summer Field School, which begins June 17th. 


We will open for the season on April 1st!!  No fooling! We can't wait for you to see the changes!  Our long winter of remodeling and renovation of our Boehnen Memorial Museum will be complete and we know that you will love what we have done.  You can book tours in advance, especially if you have a large group, by clicking here!


Join us for our Lakota Games on Ice on January 16th, 2016 at 1:00pm.  This is a free family event!!  Lots of fun learning the ancient games played by the ancestors of the Lakota people.


After 34 years, our Boehnen Memorial Museum is undergoing a major renovation and remodel.  This project began in November of 2014 and will continue this winter with the complete renovation of the interior of the museum.  The museum will be closed during the renovation and will reopen on April 1st, 2016.  The Thompsen Center Archeodome, where our digsite is located, will remain open to tours throughout the winter - depending on weather conditions - by reservation.  To tour the Archeodome, please call or email us.  Our contact page has the info you need!

Trickster Tales by Jerome Kills Small

Iktomi and Mica are well known in Native American legends as tricksters, always getting into mischief while imparting life's lessons. Jerome Kills Small is a master story teller and will keep all entertained as he tells the stories of his ancestors. If the weather is nice, we will have this wonderful family event on the lakeshore, so make sure to bring blankets or chairs. Otherwise, we will be in the new A/V wing of the Boehnen Memorial Museum at the Prehistoric Indian Village. Admission is $6/adults, $5/senior citizens, $4/students. Children 5 and under are free.

The Native American Flute: Create and Play with Kevin Locke

Kevin Locke is a world-known hoop dancer and flute player.  He will teach how to create, tune and play the Native American flute when he comes to the Village on November 14th, 2015.


Join us from June 20th to mid-July for our annual Summer Archaology Field School!  This is the most exciting time in the Village - so exciting that visitors will stay and watch as students from the University of Exeter, Great Britain and Augustana College, Sioux Falls continue the excavation of our incredible site! Visitors are welcome to enter our laboratory (maybe even get to help!) or go outside the Archeodome and watch as the fine work of sifting the soils looking for small artifacts takes place.

Audrey's Garden

We are almost to the finish line!!  Please help us raise funds for Audrey's Garden, a memorial garden in memory of Audrey Kinsella, our first Executive Director and a tireless volunteer.  We have received a matching dollar challenge - if we raise $10,000 we will receive a $10,000 donation.  For more information click the Audrey's Garden tab above.  Thank you.


Archeology Awareness Days, our biggest event  of the year will be held on July 11th and 12th.  This year marks the 30th year we have held this awesome event!  Primitive technologists from around the country will be here demonstrating the skills used more than 1,000 years ago by the people who lived in our village.  There will be flintknappers, hidetanners, potters, spear throwers and more.  Native American youths will have cultural programs and Mike Marshall joins us again for Lakota summer games!  Great fun for the entire family!  Archeology Awareness Days hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.  Our regualar admission fees apply.

Countdown to Spring Opening!

No foolin'!  April 1st will be opening day for the 2015 season at the Village.  Most of the work being done at our Boehnen Memorial Museum will be complete and we will all be happy that phase one of this great project will be over.  Phase two, the complete renovation and remodel of the interior of the museum will begin in November, 2015. 

Winter Event!

Our annual Summer Archeology Field School has begun.  Students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota have arrived and are busy with ongoing excavations of our site.  They have already found exciting and intriguing features!  They are in the Thomsen Center Archeodome most days from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Our regular admission fees apply, so come on to the Village and watch science in action!

Village Wins Award!

We have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014!!  This has been made possible by our terrific staff and the great displays in our Boehnen Memorial Museum and Thomsen Center Archeodome.  Thanks to all the nice people who have reviewed our site - we douldn't have won this without you!

No Fooling, We're Opening on April 1st!

The Village will open its doors for the upcoming season on April 1st!  Doors will open at 9 am and close at 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Our guides are anxiously awaiting your visit!

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Membership of the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will be held at the Village on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 6:00 pm.  Beverages and hors d'oervres will be served.  We will give reports on the finances, events and upcoming needs for the Village.  Officers for the 2014/2015 term will be elected.  MPIV Members can nominate new Board of Directors officers and Board members at this time.  Please RSVP by Monday, March 10th by calling 605-996-5473.

Lakota Games on Ice

What did the first people do in the cold, dark winter months?  They played games on the frozen lakes, streams and ponds!  Join us on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 1:00 pm and learn some of the games the ancestors of our instructor, Mike Marshall, played.  We promise this will the best fun you'll  have all winter!  There is no cost for this, although donations will be gladly accepted and we serve hot chocolate when the games are over.


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